Even though the new 2017 Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet is really just a heavily-pampered soft-top S-Class - and will likely cost about twice as much as it - this is the first convertible Maybach, and it is ever so exclusive. Just 300 are to be built, but is it worth the extra premium over what was already a very special model? We’ll let those with a lot of dosh to decide that.
Featuring a new front bumper, lots of chrome trim all over the body, and the Maybach badge sitting proudly on the wings, it rides on new 20in “bichromatic” Maybach forged wheels and gets a very lavish interior. Daimler says it will deliver the “ultimate in open-air exclusivity,” and by the looks of it, they’re right. The Maybach S-Class was given a longer wheelbase, but this fancier S-Class Cabriolet has retained the same length between the front and rear axles. Hmm, more room might have been nice but you can’t complain about that new cabin where most of the changes have taken place; it is covered in leather, the seats have been wrapped in a waterfall-like upholstery (with outer diamond quilting) and it gets bespoke door and instrument panels to help it stand out more – and it sure does. That’s not all. It gets deep-pile floor mats, Maybach logos on the headrests and steering wheel, and will be available in three colours - Zircon Red paint with Porcelain / Black interior, Cote d’Azur Blue paint with Porcelain / Saddle Brown interior and designo Diamond White paint with Porcelain / Yacht Blue Interior.
All 300 units, which are powered by a biturbo 6.0-litre V12 mated to a seven-speed automatic sending 621 horses to the rear wheels and have a top speed of 250kph, will get a certificate that has been signed by Daimler chairman and Mercedes-Benz Cars boss Dieter Zetsche himself. And if that wasn’t enough, you even get a four-piece luggage set which has been individually tailored to match the interior of your choice.